Niki Dakota

Music Director and Host, Excursions

Born a Hoosier, but only living there in spurts, Niki Dakota spent much of her young life moving around the United States with her archeologist mother. Throughout these years, there was always a ukulele somewhere close at hand. By the time the family settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Dakota found herself in pursuit of professional music-making as she headed-up the Alterna-Folk band, Plow On Boy. In the course of her first live radio interview to promote the band, Niki’s keen excitedness manifest itself in extreme chattiness. At the conclusion of the segment, the DJ closed the mic and said, “You need to be in radio."  That was in 1990.

In 2002, Niki’s radio career brought her to WYSO where she continues to enjoy a love of music and shares that love with the Miami Valley weekdays on Excursions.

Ways to Connect

Gina Chavez and her band will open the Levitt Pavillion Dayton on Thursday August 9.
courtesy of the Levitt Pavillion Dayton

Bilingual Latin folk artist Gina Chavez will give the inaugural performance at the newly constructed Levitt Pavillion Dayton.  Chavez and her band visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Excursions earlier in the day.

Gina Chavez will perform at the Levitt Pavillion Dayton on  Thursday, August 9 at 7p.m. Her new EP, Lightbeam, is available now.

Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band will once again host their Madden Road Micro Music Fest in Mutual, Ohio.

Daniel Dye and The Miller Road Band returned to the WYSO studios ahead of their Madden Road Micro Music Fest, which will feature live music, hiking trails, and various workshops.  The family band performed live on Excursions and talked with WYSO music director Niki Dakota about the event.

DCDC dancers perform in the heart of downtown Dayton.
courtesy of the Downtown Dayton Partnership

Art in the City combines visual and performing arts, which will be highlighted throughout the downtown Dayton as a culmination of the DP&L Summer in the City series. The Downtown Dayton Partnership's Val Beerbower visited the WYSO studios to preview the event live on Excursions with Niki Dakota, who will emcee the Community Stage. 

Art in the City is Friday, August 3, 5-10p.m. throughout downtow Dayton. Learn more at: http://www.downtowndayton.org/things-to-do/summer-in-the-city/art-in-the-city/

Paul Lazar will perform 'Cage Shuffle' on July 20 at the Foundry Theater.
courtesy of Antioch College

In Cage Shuffle Big Dance Theater's Paul Lazar performs randomized one-minute stories from John Cage's 1963 score Indeterminacy to set choreography by Annie-B Parson.  Lazar visited the WYSO studios ahead of his performance at Antioch College's Foundry Theater for a preview with Niki Dakota on Excursions.

Paul Lazar will perform Cage Shuffle on July 20 at 7pm at Antioch College's Foundry Theater.

M. Ross Perkins will release his new EP later this summer.
Stephanie Baker

M. Ross Perkins joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio for a live set on Excursions.  They talked about his upcoming performance at Adventures Fest and forthcoming new EP.

M. Ross Perkins will perform at Adventures Fest on July 21. More information at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1341255296006535/

The Pinkerton Raid will perform at Dayton's South Park Tavern.
courtesy of the band

Durham-based band The Pinkerton Raid visited the WYSO studios for a live set o Excursions ahead of their performance at Dayton's South Park Tavern.  The band talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about their new album Where the Wildest Spirit Fly and more.

The Pinkerton Raid will perform at South Park Tavern with OldNews on July 11. More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2231367827148951/

The Corndrinkers will perform with Bobby Ingano.
courtesy of the Corndrinkers

Members of the Corndrinkers and Hawaiian steel guitarist Bobby Ingano joined Niki Dakota in the studio for a preview of their performance at the Little Art Theater in Yellow Springs.  

Bobby Ingano and the Corndrinkers will perform at the Little Art Theater in Yellow Springs on Wednesday, July 11.

The first annual Adventures Fest will combine canoeing and music with a day-long festival featuring  local and regional performers.  Event organizer Dave Obenour joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live in the studio for a preview of the event. 

Adventures Fest is Saturday, July 21, 10am-midnight at Adventures on the Great Miami.  Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1341255296006535/

Local musician Nathan Lewis sat down with Niki Dakota on WYSO's Excursions to preview the new album from Cincinnati funk/afrobeat band Ernie Johnson From Detroit, EJFD.

Some technical issues arose during the interview, but we have a taste of the broadcast available here. For more information on the band's new album, visit ErnieJohnsonFromDetroit.com.

Bubba Love
via Facebook

South Carolina-based singer-songwriter Bubba Love is set to perform at the 2018 Festival of Fire. Love and festival organizer Vanessa Cubano stopped by WYSO studio to talk and share some live music with Niki Dakota on Excursions.

The 2018 Festival of Fire runs June 29-30 at Zane Shawnee Caverns & Southwind Park in Bellefontaine, OH. More info is available on Facebook.